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Napa Valley Film Festival Rises After Fires Devastate Region

Napa Valley Film Festival Rises After Fires Devastate Region
Watching as Northern California’s wine country became engulfed by flames that scorched 220,000 acres and claimed the lives of 42 people, Napa Valley Film Festival co-founders and directors Marc and Brenda Lhormer teetered on the brink of canceling this year’s fete.

“During the first days, we only were hearing and fearing the worst,” says Marc Lhormer of unfounded rumors that partner wineries and hotels had been destroyed. “Brenda and I actually left our home and, living out of a suitcase for nine nights, kept moving things forward.”

He adds that two days after the fires erupted, the couple gathered their team. “We went around the room asking if everyone, and their families and loved ones, was Ok, and we discussed how we could help each other. Then, we had to determine if we were all mentally and physically up for putting on the show, a show everyone had worked so hard on, full time, all
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Amy Sedaris on the Biggest Challenge in Modern Comedy and Why Michael Shannon is So Darn Funny

Amy Sedaris on the Biggest Challenge in Modern Comedy and Why Michael Shannon is So Darn Funny
Amy Sedaris is a comedy legend thanks, in part, to Jerri Blank. When Sedaris was in her mid-30s, she originated the “Strangers With Candy” role, playing a 46-year-old high school freshman who looked like she was pushing 60. She was “a boozer, a user, and a loser,” and it showed.

Now, Jerri still shows herself in ways good and not so good.

“[Today people] recognize you from Jerri, which means I’m starting to look like Jerri Blank,” Sedaris said in an interview with IndieWire. “So [that] just makes you feel old.”

But with fake age comes real experience. Though her most famous character barely starts to tell the story of an acclaimed sketch performer, playwright, advice columnist, and author, the series and its effect on modern comedy is undeniable.

Read More:Amy Sedaris is a Singing Martha Stewart in First Look at ‘At Home with Amy Sedaris

“I’ve seen a little
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Amy Sedaris on the Biggest Challenge in Modern Comedy and Why Michael Shannon is So Darn Funny

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Amy Sedaris on the Biggest Challenge in Modern Comedy and Why Michael Shannon is So Darn Funny
Amy Sedaris is a comedy legend thanks, in part, to Jerri Blank. When Sedaris was in her mid-30s, she originated the “Strangers With Candy” role, playing a 46-year-old high school freshman who looked like she was pushing 60. She was “a boozer, a user, and a loser,” and it showed.

Now, Jerri still shows herself in ways good and not so good.

“[Today people] recognize you from Jerri, which means I’m starting to look like Jerri Blank,” Sedaris said in an interview with IndieWire. “So [that] just makes you feel old.”

But with fake age comes real experience. Though her most famous character barely starts to tell the story of an acclaimed sketch performer, playwright, advice columnist, and author, the series and its effect on modern comedy is undeniable.

Read More:Amy Sedaris is a Singing Martha Stewart in First Look at ‘At Home with Amy Sedaris

“I’ve seen a little
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Karyn Kusama’s New Film Destroyer to Star Nicole Kidman

  • DailyDead
She welcomed viewers to one of the most unsettling dinner parties put to film with The Invitation, and now Karyn Kusama is getting ready to introduce viewers to a new kind of cult in Destroyer, her upcoming thriller that has now added Nicole Kidman in a lead role:

Press Release: Los Angeles (October 4, 2017) – Academy Award® and Emmy® Award Winner Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies,” The Hours) will star in Destroyer, a modern Los Angeles crime thriller to be directed by Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Girlfight) from an original screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (The Invitation,Ride Along). 30West will fully finance the film. Academy Award® Nominee Fred Berger (La La Land) of Automatik is producing alongside Hay and Manfredi, who also wrote and produced Kusama’s critically acclaimed film The Invitation. Rocket Science is handling international sales and helped arrange the financing, while ICM Partners and CAA are
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The Mist has been cancelled

Tony Sokol Kirsten Howard Sep 28, 2017

In another case of 'one and done', The Mist has been nixed after a single season...

The fog has lifted from another small town in Maine - Spike has cancelled the TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist after one season on the cable station.

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This version of The Mist was based more on the 2007 film adaptation than the original novella, and took quite a bit of license filling in the horror of the Federated supermarket to engulf the whole town. The series began with the community divided over the date rape of the daughter of the show's central family by the high school star quarterback. It was set in a church and a mall.
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Richard Branson Emerges From His Wine Cellar With a Hurricane Irma Update

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Richard Branson Emerges From His Wine Cellar With a Hurricane Irma Update
Hurricane Irma is a powerful storm, no doubt — but as it turns out, it was no match for Richard Branson. Virgin founder Branson — who earlier this week announced that he planned to wait it out Irma in his wine cellar on his private island — has withstood the storm, intact and tweeting. Branson posted a series of tweets on Friday, detailing the wreckage and providing an update via the Virgin website. Also Read: Richard Branson to Take Shelter From Hurricane Irma in Wine Cellar on Private Island “Communications in and out of the Bvi are still mostly down, but we have.
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Marvel’s The Defenders Season 1 Episode 7 Review – ‘Fish in the Jailhouse’

Ricky Church reviews the seventh episode of Marvel’s The Defenders

As we reach the penultimate episode of The Defenders with ‘Fish in the Jailhouse’, the entire group are caught in some pretty bad spots. Danny remains captured by The Hand while the cops are busy interrogating Matt, Luke and Jessica, eager to book them on any number of charges. It was mostly an entertaining episode, though marred by some less than stellar fight sequences.

The chemistry between the characters was again on point, even between their supporting characters. Despite Matt and Foggy’s recent difference, and Foggy’s desire to see Matt hang up the horns, it was a good move for him to recognize the need for Matt to be Daredevil in this fight. What was also another good touch was Foggy’s point about what would happen should Matt’s identity be revealed. Not only be Matt be disbarred,
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Marvel’s The Defenders Season 1 Episode 6 Review – ‘Ashes, Ashes’

Ricky Church reviews the sixth episode of Marvel’s The Defenders

‘Ashes, Ashes’, the sixth episode of The Defenders, had several surprising developments to the story, but ultimately slumped a little bit. There were still some good character moments, but the episode fell back on some regular tropes of the genre, one of which was already used in the series, that hindered the story as well as a bit of repetition on The Hand’s motives.

To start with the positives, the character work in this episode was great between the four heroes. Splitting them up into pairs was a nice touch. It allowed us to spend time with them almost one-on-one rather than with the group at large, especially after ‘Royal Dragon’ and ‘Take Shelter’ kept them together through most of those episodes. Seeing Jessica and Matt spend time together, trying to solve a mystery no less, was cool
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Marvel’s The Defenders Season 1 Episode 5 Review – ‘Take Shelter’

Ricky Church reviews the fifth episode of Marvel’s The Defenders

While ‘Royal Dragon’ offered a breather for viewers, ‘Take Shelter’ lived up to its name with The Defenders on the run and fighting for their lives. It continued the team’s bonding, once again showing off the chemistry between the four actors, and had a good balance of humour with the serious drama. It may not have been quite as strong as the previous episode, but ‘Take Shelter’ was still good nonetheless.

The fight scene at the top of the episode was entertaining with some nice choreography. It was easy to follow and utilized each of the heroes well with their skills. It displayed just how much The Hand outmatched them fairly well; even though one indestructible person, one really strong person and two very skilled martial artists (three if you count Stick) make up the team, The Hand is still quite formidable.
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Jeff Nichols Launches ‘Premiere,’ 3-Day Film Event in Little Rock, with Adam Driver and David Lowery — Exclusive

Jeff Nichols Launches ‘Premiere,’ 3-Day Film Event in Little Rock, with Adam Driver and David Lowery — Exclusive
Inspired by Richard Linklater’s work for the last 32 years with the Austin Film Society, writer-director Jeff Nichols (“Loving,” “Midnight Special”) is launching a similar nonprofit cinephile organization, the Arkansas Cinema Society (Acs), with an inaugural event (August 24-26) called “Premiere.”

Director David Lowery (“A Ghost Story,” “Pete’s Dragon”) and actor Adam Driver (“Girls,” “Paterson,” “The Force Awakens”) will travel to Little Rock and screen their films followed by Q&As with Nichols at the Ron Robinson Theater in the Little Rock River Market.

“Premiere” will kick off on Thursday, August 24 with a screening of the Sundance rap musical hit “Patti Cake$,” followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Nichols. On Friday, August 25, Acs will host an afternoon showing of Jim Jarmusch’s 2016 Cannes drama “Paterson,” starring Driver as an aspiring poet and bus driver. Friday evening, Acs will screen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” in which Driver Plays villain Kylo Ren.
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Jeff Nichols Launches ‘Premiere,’ 3-Day Film Event in Little Rock, with Adam Driver and David Lowery — Exclusive

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Jeff Nichols Launches ‘Premiere,’ 3-Day Film Event in Little Rock, with Adam Driver and David Lowery — Exclusive
Inspired by Richard Linklater’s work for the last 32 years with the Austin Film Society, writer-director Jeff Nichols (“Loving,” “Midnight Special”) is launching a similar nonprofit cinephile organization, the Arkansas Cinema Society (Acs), with an inaugural event (August 24-26) called “Premiere.”

Director David Lowery (“A Ghost Story,” “Pete’s Dragon”) and actor Adam Driver (“Girls,” “Paterson,” “The Force Awakens”) will travel to Little Rock and screen their films followed by Q&As with Nichols at the Ron Robinson Theater in the Little Rock River Market.

“Premiere” will kick off on Thursday, August 24 with a screening of the Sundance rap musical hit “Patti Cake$,” followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Nichols. On Friday, August 25, Acs will host an afternoon showing of Jim Jarmusch’s 2016 Cannes drama “Paterson,” starring Driver as an aspiring poet and bus driver. Friday evening, Acs will screen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” in which Driver Plays villain Kylo Ren. Both films will be followed by a conversation between Nichols and Driver.

Read More‘Loving’ Director Jeff Nichols Launches Arkansas Cinema Society, With a Festival in 2018 — Exclusive

On Saturday, August 26, writer and director David Lowery will close out the event with a screening of his 2016 Disney remake of the 1970s musical “Pete’s Dragon,” as well as his latest drama, Sundance breakout “A Ghost Story,” starring Casey Affleck as a ghost haunting the home of his widow, followed by conversations with Nichols.

The Acs is looking to renovate a theater in Little Rock; longer term, Nichols wants to send programs to enlightened theaters around the state and create a grant program to help upgrade needy cinemas. “It’s a shame ‘Moonlight’ can’t be seen in southeast Arkansas, which has a massive African-American population,” said Nichols. “Come on! Let’s get these films to the further reaches of the state.”

Nichols is also impressed with Afs’s Texas filmmaker production fund, which gives rising filmmakers grants that help them cover costs while taking their films to festivals. He vividly recalls being put up in fancy hotels while taking “Shotgun Stories” and “Take Shelter” at festivals where he couldn’t afford to buy a meal.

Nichols recently taught a course with Matthew McConaughey on “Mud” at the University of Texas, and was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame last March. Next up: he’s writing his first studio movie from scratch, “Alien Nation.”

McKibbon Hospitality, which manages five hotels in Arkansas, is presenting sponsor of “Premiere.”

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The directors who can take cinema forward over the next decade

Tom Jolliffe on the directors who can take cinema forward over the next decade…

There’s a cinematic crossroads on the horizon. As the market gets swallowed up by a core consumer taste leaning toward spandex and radioactive arachnid bites, there’s a need for modern thinking, engaging directors to offer something different. After all, there’s only so long the Marvel cow can be milked. It will dry out. It’s the way of things. Studios now bank on billion dollar returns. These seem safe bets now, but for how long? Ultimately it will become a huge gamble.

We’re still seeing interesting film-makers doing their best to re-invigorate or subvert genres. Edgar Wright just smashed it out of the park with Baby Driver. There was a degree of hyperbole about marking him as a cinematic master (until he improves his depiction of women in films, that may allude
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Michael Shannon signs up for David O. Russell's drama series at Amazon

  • JoBlo
There are a handful of actors who I just can't help but love, and Michael Shannon is certainly one of them. From Groundhog Day to Revolutionary Road to Take Shelter to Man Of Steel, Michael Shannon has proven to be a highlight of just about every project he takes on, and his latest project will see the actor returning to television. Variety reports that Michael Shannon has signed on to... Read More...
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‘Planet of the Apes’: With ‘War’ Over, What’s Next for the Blockbuster Franchise?

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‘Planet of the Apes’: With ‘War’ Over, What’s Next for the Blockbuster Franchise?
Sometimes, reboots can be a good thing. Such is the case with one of modern cinema’s most unexpectedly rich and rewarding (and unique) blockbuster franchises, the effectively rejiggered “Planet of the Apes,” which used the bones of a beloved classic to craft a series that continually stands out on its own merits. Three movies in, and the Fox franchise has become a thinking-fans summer movie delight, bolstered by eye-popping special effects and a reworked mythology that pays homage to the originals while pushing onward.

With last week’s “War for the Planet of the Apes” opening at the number one spot at the box office amidst a slew of stellar reviews, it’s only understandable that fans are eager for more adventures within the world. And while the third film in the trilogy could easily function as the final chapter in the story, there’s plenty more to tell.
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New Trailer For Jeff Nichols Produced Drama ‘In The Radiant City’

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It’s not easy to get your debut film noticed, but writer/director Rachel Lambert got a nice boost when Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter,” “Loving”) put his name down as a producer for “In The Radiant City.” The intimate drama unspools in a similar way to Nichols’ work, but Lambert makes a strong first impression with the drama, which unfolds at a slow-burn pace before erupting into fireworks.

Continue reading New Trailer For Jeff Nichols Produced Drama ‘In The Radiant City’ at The Playlist.
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New to Streaming: ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ ‘Free Fire,’ ‘The Salesman,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Best in Show (Christopher Guest)

Christopher Guest has had an exceptionally strong ’00s with A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration, and it remains to be seen how his upcoming Mascots will be received, but his arguable peak is still the gloriously funny mockumentary Best in Show. Guest’s other films have lovingly skewered egotistical oddballs and the insanity of subjective or objective criticism, so Best in Show is
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Trey Edward Shults interview: It Comes At Night, Jeff Nichols, movie marketing and more

Simon Brew Jul 7, 2017

Trey Edward Shults tells us about It Comes At Night, its dark history, and odd marketing...

In amongst the bustle of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Despicable Me 3 screenings in

UK

cinemas this weekend is the distinctly unsettling and powerful It Comes At Night. A film marketed, not entirely fairly, as a horror, it’s from writer/director Trey Edward Shults. He wrote the movie following the death of his father, a parent from whom he was estranged until his dying days. That extraordinary, impactful backdrop underpins the film, and was the logical starting point for our conversation.

I’ve been reading quite a lot since sitting through your film. In particular, that the movie was a response to your relationship with your late father. I’m sorry to bring it up, but it resonates through so much of the film once you know that. I read that
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It Comes At Night review

Trey Edward Shults' Us hit arrives in the UK. It’s a particularly unsettling piece of cinema, too…

There’s very little about It Comes At Night that I’d class as comfortable viewing. The second film from writer/director Trey Edward Shults is 91 minutes of unsettling, often gripping filmmaking, that pitched a tent inside my brain and has stayed there since I watched it. I can’t honestly say I enjoyed watching it too much, but I can say it’s a fierce, impressive piece of work.

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Its origins are important. Shults has been open about the fact that he didn’t have much of a relationship with his father, and that the two of them only really came back together when his dad was dying.
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Sundance Institute Mediterranean workshop participants revealed

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Exclusive: Second edition of event hosted with Greece’s Faliro House will support filmmakers from the region.

The participants for the second edition of the Faliro House Sundance Institute Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop have been revealed.

The workshop, a collaboration between the Sundance Institute and Christos V Konstantakopoulos’ Greek production company Faliro House, supports emerging filmmakers from Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Cyprus (last year’s event is pictured above).

The five-day workshop, held in Costa Navarino, Greece from July 3-9, gives eight filmmakers the chance to work on their feature film scripts with advisors.

The advisors include filmmaker Gyula Gazdag, artistic director for the Sundance Institute in the Us, Lisa Cholodenko (Olive Kitteridge, The Kids Are Alright), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight, 2 Days In Paris), Jeff Nichols (Loving, Take Shelter), recent Palme d’Or winner Ruben Östlund (The Square, Force Majeure), Ira Sachs (Little Men, Love Is Strange), Zach Sklar (JFK), Eva Stefani (Bathers, Acropolis) and Athina Rachel Tsangari
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